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defendant not guilty. >> good morning. bombshell verdict. casey anthony acquitted of killing her daughter caylee. a stunning defeat for prosecutors, a major victory for the defense. >> casey did not murder caylee. it's that simple. >> americans nationwide shocked by the verdict in a case that became a national obsession. >> if you're young and cute in america, you can get away with murder. >> and while the defense is celebrating and casey anthony could soon walk free, many are asking where's the justice for caylee today? asking where's the justice for caylee today? wednesday, july 6th, 2011. captions paid for by nbc-universal television
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and good morning. welcome to "today" on a wednesday morning. i'm matt lauer. >> i'm ann curry. casey anthony not guilty on all charges related to the death of her daughter, but she was found guilty of four misdemeanor counts of lying to investigators. i'm not sure what was more surprising, the verdict of how fast it came, matt. >> it took less than 11 hours to reach what's being called the most controversial verdict since the o.j. simpson trial. anthony offered a brief smile, then she burst into tears. the prosecution standing in disbelief. looking back, is there anything they would have done differently? well, just ahead we'll talk exclusively to jeff ashton. he is one of the lead prosecutors in this case. also this morning we'll be speaking to an alternate juror. he was not in the deliberation
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room but he did listen to every bit of the testimony and he feels his fellow jurors got it right. meanwhile, casey's parents released a statement saying that while they believe their daughter's defense was baseless, that's their word, they felt the jury's decision was fair. so how do they move forward from here? will they have a future and a relationship with their daughter? we'll talk about that with george and cindy anthony's attorney. let's get right to that dra mattie day in court. kerry sanders has been covering this case for three years. this morning he's in the orange county jail, at the orange county jail. kerry, good morning. >> reporter: good morning, ann. this morning casey anthony is waking up in the same solitary jail cell here that she's occupied for almost three years. and today could well be the last day and night she spends in this jail. that's because in this 36-day trial it took the jury less than 11 hours to acquit her on all felony counts.
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casey anton any walked into the courtroom and waited in excruciating 13 1/2 minutes before the judge said -- >> would the defendant rise along with counsel? >> reporter: casey's father george sat in the back of the room, hands in prayer, as the 25-year-old accused murderer, her face ashen white, listened to the clerk read each count. >> as to the charge of first degree murder, verdict as to count one, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: there was a stunned silence in the courtroom as the clerk read the other felony charges, aggravated child abuse, manslaughter of a child. >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty. so say we all. >> reporter: casey anthony took a deep breath and then began to cry. for the next minute and a half through a blur of multiple guilty verdicts on four misdemeanor counts, casey appeared to process what she had just heard. when it was over, first she held hands with her legal team, as her parents slipped out of the
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courtroom. then still crying, she hugged lead attorney jose baez, then overcome with emotion, she hugged attorney dorothy clay simms, lead prosecutor jesh ashton who put off his retirement to spend almost three years of his life on this case, sat shaking his head, as casey's legal team huddled around her in a group hug. outside the courtroom, tears, one woman fainted. >> justice for caylee! >> reporter: dozens chanted in anger. this from a community that tuned in and followed every moment of the trial. >> appeals. >> no justice. >> reporter: detense attorney jose baez said 2-year-old caylee should not be forgotten in this acquittal. >> there are no winners in this case. caylee has passed on far, far too soon. casey did not murder caylee. it's that simple. >> reporter: had casey been convicted of murder, she could have faced the death penalty.
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>> the best feeling that i have today is that i know i can go home and my daughter will ask me, what did you do today? and i can say, i saved a life. >> reporter: afterwards, casey anthony's legal team gathered at a local bar to celebrate their courtroom victory. many legal experts had commented repeatedly on the case, and veteran defense lawyer cheney mason showed he had no love loss for them. >> i hope that this is a lesson to those of you having indulged in media assassination for three years, bias and prejudice and incompetent talking heads of saying what would be and had to be, i'm disgusted by some of the lawyers who had done this. >> reporter: seats were set up for the jury to talk but -- >> the 12 jurors have declined to talk. >> reporter: casey's parents, cindy and george made no comment. >> right now get out of my way. >> reporter: but their attorney issued a statement that read in
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part, while the family may never know what has happened to caylee marie anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. case say anthony will be back in court tomorrow to be sentenced for lying to law enforcement. now, the judge could sentence casey to four years on those misdemeanor charges, but with the time she's already served here it's possible she could walk free. what will she do? well, she may have revealed that in a jailhouse letter revealed about a year ago here. in that letter she said when she's free she planned to get pregnant and have another baby. matt? >> kerry sanders in orlando where he has been covering this trial, as we mentioned, for about three years of this case for three years. thank you. russell was one of five alternate jurors. he was not in the deliberation room but he did hear all the evidence in the case. russell, good morning. thanks for joining us. >> good morning. >> you think the jurors got it right. why? >> i definitely agree that they
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did get it right. i support that decision whole heartedly. there were three reasons that i felt that she was not guilty. the first was the prosecution didn't present, you know, the evidence that would have sustained either a murder charge or a manslaughter charge. secondly, they didn't show the motive behind the case. we and i kept waiting, you know, to see what was the motive. just because casey was a party girl did not show, you know the grandparents when she wanted to go out. and then thirdly, the prosecution or no one could show us how did caylee actually pass away. >> you know, i've got jeff ashton right in front of me here. we're going to talk to him next. he's listening to what you're
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saying, russell. i mean, did they come close to proving this case? is this a matter of reasonable doubt, being the deciding factor in your mind, or do you think she was innocent? >> definitely reasonable doubt. for myself. they just -- i don't think the prosecution was able to show how she died, what was the motive -- what was the motivation. >> right. >> and when they explained it, the onreasonable doubt, i had reasonable doubt. >> she was convicted of four misdemeanor charges of lying to investigators and the police. i'm just curious in your own mind, how do you square this idea that here is a woman whose daughter is missing and she doesn't report it for over a month, then she goes out partying, then she lied to investigators about what happened to her daughter. how do you then connect the dots and answer the question, why would a young mother have done
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those things? >> well, that's the $64,000 question. but what you have to also remember with casey is the lies just didn't start with the death of caylee. these lies have been going on for two years previously. and so i think it was just the way this family operated. how i personally think the family was dysfunctional. that was the way she had always acted and had continued, you know, with the lies. >> let me just end on a very basic, may be a difficult question, though. in your opinion did casey anthony get away with murder? >> no, she did not get away with murder. >> russell huekler, thank you for your time this morning. >> real quick i'd like to say that the orange county police department -- orange county sheriff's department and judge perry did a wonderful job and with us being sequestered for so
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many days. hat should be tipped to them. >> jeff ashton was a lead prosecutor in this case. he is with us exclusively. thank you for joining us. appreciate it. before i get to what mr. huekler just said, when you got notification that the jury had reached a verdict after 11 hours of deliberation, what was your confidence level? >> we were feeling pretty good. we felt like we presented a really strong case. you know, we really didn't think that a not guilty verdict in that short a time was realistic. but, you know, that's the jury system. >> here's this piece of videotape, jeff. i'm watching you in the court, sitting at that table. and you're leaning back and your head is shaking. and it's stunned, disbelief? take me through the moment, what were your thoughts? >> i think i mouthed the word wow about five times. i was -- we were all that shocked. i mean, you pour three years of your life into a case. as a prosecutor, you know, you
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don't take a case unless you believe in it. we have great respect for the jury system, the rule of law, and you can't do what we do and not respect the jury's verdicts. but, you know, it was not easy to hear, but we know we did a good job. we accept what happened. >> i was also watching your face just a moment ago when russell was speaking. he was laying out the reasons why he would have favored this verdict on the part of the jury, saying i didn't get a cause of death, i didn't get a motive, nothing that got me to the point beyond reasonable doubt. how do you react to that? >> you know, our thought on it had always been that if anybody could look at the photographs of how caylee was found and not conclude how she died from that, then so be it. we felt that the manner in which her body was found, the odor in the car, all of those things. >> there was no definitive
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expert who walked in the room and said, here is the cause of death. there was also no key witness who walked in and said i saw that woman and pointed at casey anthony, i saw that woman kill her daughter. >> absolutely. >> in a death penalty case, don't you need that? >> not necessarily. i mean, i've prosecuted probably 80 murder cases in my career and probably a couple of dozen death penalty cases and they're frequently circumstantial. there's rarely a witness. now, usually you do have a more definitive cause of death. that's absolutely right. but this was a case where we honestly felt that the evidence was such that if the jury saw what we saw that it was a kind of case that they needed to decide, penalty, so we felt good about it. >> did you also expect the jury -- this is the question i asked russell. wait a minute, the mother didn't report this for over 30 years. she went out partying. she lied to investigators. she must have had a reason to
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lie. did you expect them to connect the dots? >> we did. we felt that was one of the strongest pieces of evidence that we had in the case, was that her actions, we felt, and obviously the jury didn't agree and we respect their opinion, was just so completely inconsistent with any kind of accidental explanation for the death. so a couple of things about jose baez, the defense attorney. there was tension, there's no question, in this courtroom between you and him. >> oh, yes. >> what did he do well? >> i thought that he did cross-examination well. i thought he did -- he presented himself very well. you know, jose is a relatively young lawyer in terms of his years of experience. i think he's got great potential to be a great lawyer. but i thought he presented himself very, very well. >> in his opening statement he made some dramatic accusations saying this was an accidental death, that caylee died, drowned in the swimming pool, that george anthony helped cover it up, that george molested casey
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from a young age. he then presented not one shred of evidence to back up any of those claims. did he act ethically? >> i think he -- he -- i don't want to say because i don't know what he expected to be able to prove at trial. >> should the judge have allowed it to happen that way? >> yes. >> did he have any choice? >> no, the judge had no choice. for all we know, you know, casey's testimony was part of the blan and splan and she chan mind. we don't know. those communications with private to them. i assumed that he said that because he honestly believed he could prove it and something changed and it wasn't presented. >> if i were to look at you in the face right now and say did caylee anthony die accidentally in the family swimming pool, would you say? >> i cannot believe that's what happened. but again, beyond a reasonable doubt is a high standard. you know, the jurors may have thought, as i do, but beyond a
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reasonable doubt is a high standard. i respect the fact that they, you know, applied the law to the case as they saw it. >> two quick things. cindy anthony took the witness stand and said things that now appear to be untrue. >> yes. >> you are leaving your post, but do you think there will be legal action taken against cindy anthony for perjurying herself on the witness stand? >> i think there could be. that will be a decision made by another branch of our office. >> would you pursue the case if you were staying in office? >> i don't -- i honestly don't know. that would be a very, very difficult decision to make. as a prosecutor, i've been a prosecutor for 30 years, i hate to say this, but you're somewhat accustomed to family members trying to help their fellow family members. so you're kind of used to that. this, of course, was a rather
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important, you know, deception, if you will, that obviously was proven to be so by the other evidence. what they do with it is going to be a difficult decision that i'm glad i don't have to make. >> briefly i mentioned you're leaving your post. this was planned. you delayed retirement to fatak on this case. this is not the way you wanted it to end. will this always be the one that got away? >> no, no. i've actually had cases that i will be more upset about about people getting away than this one. i mean, this was a great case for me to end my career as a prosecutor with because it was so fascinating and so varied and so complex. i mean, it was a prosecutor's dream in terms of presenting it. so you know, no regrets on any of that. >> do you think we'll ever know what happened to caylee anthony? >> no, we never will. we never will, because even if casey got out of jail and wrote a book and said it, i don't know
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that any of us would really know if we could believe it or not. >> jeff ashton, thank you for honoring your commitment and being here this morning. appreciate it. >> my pleasure. >> good luck. 16 minutes after the hour. the other top stories of the hour now with natalie. >> good morning, everyone. president obama is calling congressional leaders from both sides of the aisle to the white house thursday to try to hammer out a long-term deal to raise the government's debt limit. meantime, the president takes to twitter today for a first town hall meeting on jobs and the economy on twitter. tensions are high in montana again today as governor brian schweitzer disputed exxonmobil's estimate that an oil spill there has stretched across only 25 miles of the yellowstone river. a surging current on that river is now hammering clean-up efforts and could now spread leaked oil into an even wider damage zone today. now let's head to wall street checking in once again with cnbc's courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange.
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what are you watching? >> good morning. moody's downgrade portugal's rating to junk status as the rating agency. increased risk that portugal could default to payment on bondholders. this further ignites worries that trouble in the euro zone is far from over. media industry titans gather in sun valley, idaho, for the annual conference and facebook is expected to make an announcement this afternoon that many belief could involve microsoft skype and a possible video chat service. natalie? >> we're all on pins and needles to find out what that's all about. thanks so much, courtney reagan at the new york stock exchange. accused mobster james whitey boulder heads to court in boston today to enter a plea on 19 murder charges after escaping prosecution for 16 years. he was captured last month in california. germany, france, and south korea face off today in a bid to host the 2018 winter olympics. the winner will be announced
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sometime after 11:00 a.m. eastern time today. take a look at these unbelievable images of mother nature's power over arizona. this massive 50-mile wide dust storm plowed through the phoenix area on tuesday. strong wind gusts toppled trees and knocked out power for thousands of residents. that is an unbelievable site there. it's now 7:19. you're update to date. let's turn it over to you. >> that's what it looks like in my kids' rooms sometimes. natalie, thank you. maria is here filling in while al is off. nice to see you. >> nice to see you as well >> here at home, we are off to a
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bright star that will likely change. scattered showers and thunderstorms will develop. high temperatures upper 80s and low 90s. ann, back to you. >> thanks. coming up moerks on the casey anthony verdict. we'll have the analysis from our team of legal experts. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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coming up, casey anthony's former fiance speekts out about the not guilty verdict in an exclusive interview. and we'll lighten things up this morning and get the latest on william and catherine's latest tour in california.
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trial will share his reaction in an exclusive live interview. also this morning, after everything that was said during the investigation and trial, all the accusations and finger pointing, where does the anthony family going to go from here? but, let's begin this half hour with how the not guilty verdict is playing out across the country. nbc's jeff rossen is outside our studio with that part of the story. >> good morning to you. i've been out here talking to a lot of people about where they were when the verdict came in. some people on the plaza told me they were on a train and watched on their mobile phones. others stopped their vacations in their tracks and stayed in their hotel rooms to watch it live. i was in an airport and people were literally glued to the television set. when you heard the words not guilty you heard screams, tears, gasps. not since o.j. simpson has reaction been so powerful. >> we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: in orlando, it's personal.
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>> all that evidence led to that girl doing this. >> who cares for that baby? >> orange county, florida -- >> reporter: as the jury passed judgment -- >> as to the charge of first degree murder, we the jury find the defendant not guilty. >> reporter: as casey anthony wiped tears of joy, americans passed judgment, too. many of them mothers. >> that little girl's life. >> she's absolutely guilty. >> as to the charge of aggravated -- >> reporter: millions watched the verdict live all over cable tv. they watched on airplanes with ipads, even at the scene where caylee's body was discovered. across the country, offices came to a stand still. and at home, quick reaction posted on youtube. >> how is that possible? >> she's going to walk. >> reporter: what began is that missing toddler case in florida quickly morphed into a national
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obsession. >> we don't really feel like we got any answers. so it's unresolved. and what happens with things that are unresolves? we need to continue having a conversation about it. >> reporter: and we are. within seconds the verdict went viral. on twitter, celebrities went off. if the courts don't believe she is guilty, then who do they think killed this little baby, tweeted kim kardashian. sharon osbourne called it a disgray. and ashton kutcher tweeted, o.j. simp on the finds this verdict outrageous. >> i don't understand how 12 people could let her get away with murder. >> reporter: despite the public outpouring of outrage, not everyone is upset. some say the jury got it right. >> people don't make accidents look like murder. >> reporter: the prosecutors just didn't prove their case. >> they just must not have been enough hard factual evidence. >> you have to have the evidence to make a conviction. >> reporter: whether you agree or not, there is one undisputed
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truth, a beautiful 2-year-old girl is gone, and we don't know why. now comes the next conversation, what is next for casey antony? will she walk out of court? and if so, ann, what kind of life will she possibly live? >> that's a good question. here to make sense of the vurd, linda kenny baden, "headline news" contributor and star jones is a former prosecutor and veteran legal commentator, and savannah guthrie, "today's" legal correspondent. lar san lamar said this was a dry bones case. very, very difficult to prove. was this a failure by the prosecution or a weak case? >> both. the prosecution never had cause of death. they never proved this was a murder. they relied on, what jose said in court, fantasy forensics, a heart-shaped sticker that was
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never there. it was outrageous to go after the death penalty in a case like this. it was clear the jury understood that. >> you did the forensics so you obviously have much more expertise on what the forensics actually showed and she can't even share all of it with us although we've been trying to get it out of her all morning. i can tell you from a prosecutor's perspective they did the best job they could with the evidence that they had. >> so was originally then you're saying you're acknowledging that they didn't have enough to work with, savannah? >> yes, excellent prosecutors. tried a very streamline, tight case. they're only as good as the evidence they have. what's fascinating here is, and we've only heard from the one alternate juror we spoke to, this may be a case not only where the jurors have reasonable doubt, that's for sure, but they found some of the commentary, i'm starting to wonder whether they actually believe casey anthony is innocent, if they buy the defense theory that the baby died in the pool. >> she drowned in the swimming
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pool. i mean, i think the jurors haven't spoken and we should embrace their verdict. when we talk about using fantasy forensics and someone like dr. vass who has never testified in the united states before, you're pitting this type of people against the defense experts. >> you're also saying that there was an effort or there's a sense that you think the jurors had that they were not getting the full picture. the prosecution was trying to pull something over their eyes. >> absolutely. they kept saying the duct tape was the murder weapon, the duct tape was the murder weapon. then they didn't bring roy kronk to the scene and turns out he moved the body. he picked up the bag and things shifted around. the prosecution also introduced 84 chloroform searches which turned out not to be true. i think they lost their credibility. >> so is then jose baez, was he underestimated? because i know a lot of you talking about this being his first case, underestimated? >> as linda and i were talking
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about it, he kicked somebody's butt yesterday, didn't he? he ended up getting the needle out of the arm of every expert i've talked to who said the case was strong forensically. >> he did a competent job. the results speak for themselves. on the other hand, he was a beneficiary of these various gaps in evidence. >> 31-day. the prosecution is stuck with the evidence that happened after not being able to get to this baby for 31 days. that was on your client. period. >> but they still had to prove a case and they chose to go about it this way. death penalty murder case. she's not ted bundy. she's not osama bin laden. >> there's a big disconnect because what you're saying essentially is the prosecution didn't have everything it needed to work with to get this verdict, and yet the people who are watching on the outside are so stunned by this verdict. what explains this disconnect? >> i think what explains the disckoconnect is the difference
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between chatting about a case at your kitchen table, gosh, she must have done something, her behavior is ter establish suspicious. star and i agree, it is. and having the elements of a crime before you sitting in a jury holding someone's life or death in your hands, and the jurors, when they go back there and they've got the jury instructions about reasonable doubt, that's a concept they take very seriously. >> the difference between disappointment is not in what you get but what you expect to get. and when we as pundits in some of the cable channels give you an expectation of what's going to happen in a courtroom when you don't have the same amount of evidence in front of you that the jury does, you have analysis, you expect to get something different. >> short of someone confessing, is there any justice for caylee that you can see coming. >> there has to be a murder. there may be justice for caylee
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that her mother wasn't convicted for murder when there wasn't a murder. this young woman, you look at those pictures. she loved that child. yes, she should have acted differently. >> the crime might have been a cover up and not murder. >> the baby should not have ended up in a swamp. i don't care who killed her. i don't care if she died by accident, in a swimming pool or tripped down the stairs. the baby deserved better than to end up in a swamp. >> mean tile, as jurorses, obviously not speaking except for the one alternate juror. i believe that's the only one speaking so far. you're concerned about their safety? >> absolutely. i hope they stay secluded. why they thought what they thought, i'm concerned about this. when you have celebrities like ashton kutcher and sharon osbourne talking about this was a disgrace, they weren't in that courtroom. >> i can see why jurors don't want to talk and want to keep their private lives private because the atmosphere right now
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is so heated, it's so ov overcharged. after you're questioned about justice. i heard a judge says the justice is done when the system works, when there is a fair process. i think we can all agree the trial was a fair process. >> absolutely. >> we're going to leave it, i. a su tu so much. now let's get a check of the weather from maria la rosa who is in for al. >> narrator: today's weather is brought to you by certified service, expert service right at your chevrolet, buick, gmc, and cadillac dealer. good morning. he's still a big story across much of the country, dominant high pressure, that summer lidge will continue as long as it stays there. so will the heat. the forecast once again, temperatures well over 100 degrees across the southern >> it is going to be a warm and humid day. chance for a couple of scattered showers and that of farms, later this morning and into this
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afternoon. high temperature of around 91. ann, back to you. >> all right, maria, thank you. coming up next, how does the anthony family move forward in the wake of such a painful trial? plus, casey ananthony's fiance speaks out in an exclusive live interview right after this.
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we're back now at 7:43. parents released a statement last night expressing their wish toes move forward and rebuild their lives. but how will they be able to do that? nbc is in orlando. lily, good morning to you. >> good morning to you, matt. key testimony in the case came from casey anthony's family, her mother, father, and brother lee. trying to turn themselves against each other and against casey. it all led to a family torn apart. for weeks, casey anthony has been at the center of an emotional trial that also focused attention on the turmoil within her troubled family. father george, mother cindy, and brother lee. a family hunted by the death of caylee, casey's daughter. from day one casey anthony's
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lawyers tried to build a defense around a shattered family, claiming she was molested by her father. >> it all began when casey was 8 years old and her father came into her room and began to touch her inappropriately. >> her father denied the accusation, which the judge said was never proven by the evidence. during another round of questioning, george broke down on the stand. >> it's hard to get through this. >> reporter: his daughter held an icy stare as he testified. >> casey was the last one that i saw with caylee. one and one adds up to two, sir, in my mind. >> reporter: george anthony also told the court about his own suicide attempt. >> you even left a suicide note. >> yes, sir, i did. >> reporter: casey's lawyers put her brother lee on the stand, a apparent effort to strengthen their picture of a dysfunctional family. lee testified when his sister gave birth he was cut off from the celebration. >> i was very, very -- at my mom
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and i was also angry at my sister. i mean, i was just angry at everyone in general. >> reporter: some of the most emotional testimony came from casey anthony's mother cindy, caylee's grandmother, in tears as she listened do her own haunting words on the 911 call she made to police when caylee first went missing. >> my granddaughter has been taken. she has been missing for a month. >> reporter: again and again she cried through her testimony. >> can i have a break, sir? >> reporter: so how does this family divided move on? >> there's a tremendous amount of family pain, a lot of accusations. some that were probably surprising to some of the family members in general. however, they are not things that are easily gotten over because at the end of the day no matter how they all feel, that child is gone. >> reporte shortly after the verdict, the family released a statement saying, while the family may never know what happened to caylee marie
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anthony, they now have closure for this chapter of their life. despite the baseless defense chosen by casey anthony, the family believes that the jury made a fair decision based on the evidence presented. before her arrest casey anthony lived with her parents and no word yet on where she'll live when she walks out of jail now. >> one of the big questions. lilia in orlando for us this rn morning. thank you. jesse grund who was once engaged to casey anthony testified at her trial. he's with us exclusively along with her bodyguard. good morning to both of you. jesse, let me start with you. just your reaction to the verdict. what was your response? >> i was angry and shocked by the verdict. it's obvious from the evidence that was presented that casey was the last person to see caylee alive and her body was dumped in the woods. by saying -- >> tracy? >> i was also shocked. i couldn't believe it. >> you said you actually got
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ill. >> i felt sick to my stomach all day yesterday. >> jesse, i know you feel one of the mistakes that the prosecution made in this case was to try to present the anthony family as a cohesive, loving group. why is that? >> because the fact is, matt, they are not a cohesive loving group. that family was a carnival of dysfunctionality. most families in america are dysfunctional and have their problems. theirs was worse. all it took was a defense to show a little bit of how dysfunctional they were to start poking holes in the prosecution's case. >> you feel that george and cindy anthony, while on the stand, hurt the prosecution? >> absolutely. cindy's example of lying, as i've always said, the apple doesn't fall too far from the tree. casey had to learn her behavior from somewhere. presented a picture of that family, the same picture that the defense was trying to
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present. >> and so, tracy, where does this family go now? we have a mother and father apparently on one side, although there may be some fractures between them as well. you've got a daughter and a brother perhaps on the other side. where does this family go, in your opinion? >> i think what happened is i think casey will end up going home. i don't know if george will stay there. i think cindy will have casey home. it's hard to quit loving your daughter but i think cindy wants to get to the bottom of this and she won't care if it takes ten day or ten years. >> you envision a tim where casey anthony goes back and lives with her mother again after this trial. >> yes, i do. >> you think the father becomes estranged from the family? >> i would think so. i would actually hope so. i can't see george staying in the situation. >> jesse, give me your take on this. look into your crystal ball. what do you see happening with this family over the coming weeks and months? >> there's no way casey goes back to that household. cindy and casey have had an adversarial relationship the
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entire time she has been alive. being part of the family the way i was, there is no way casey goes back to that home. there's no way they have any semblance of a normal family life. right now she has everything she ever wanted. sles going to have money. she's going to have people at her doorstep asking for her, wanting her. she's going to have that partying lifestyle that she so craved. >> i don't know when the last time was that you spoke with casey, jesse, but first of all, when was it and what would you say to her if you could talk to her this morning? >> the last time i talked to casey was when she showed up at my house to take a shower because she didn't have a shower available for her to use. what i would i say if i saw her today? i would tell her that she needs to repentd because at the end of the day she is going to have to answer to why caylee isn't on this earth anymore. >> jesse grund and tracy mclaughlin, my thanks to both of you. appreciate it very much. >> matt, thank you. can i take a second to thank a
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lot of the people out there who supported me, friends and family. i haven't always been the easiest to deal with during this time. but i appreciate all the love and support everyone has poured out to me through this. >> jesse, thank you very much. just ahead, we'll change things up considerably. william and kcatherine's trip across north america. our own peter alexandra gets up and close and personal. [ dramatic soundtrack plays ] whoa! man: what is that? i don't know, but it burns! it's like fire. woman: ow, ow! i can't see. man: it's singeing me! it's the sun. get out of the office more often with chili's $6 lunch break combos. pair a texas toast half sandwich with fries and super salad every weekday. ♪ chili's lunch break combos ♪
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am stan stovall. time for a check of the morning commute. here is sarah caldwell and traffic pulse 11. >> a few more accidents to add to the list. pikesville, greentree road, use extra caution. police are riding on the scene. monroe street and gwynns falls parkway. north in aberdeen, westbound route 40, crashed blocking lanes. if you are traveling westbound, you are in good shape. once you get down to the 895
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split, it will take you six minutes to get down to the beltway southwest side. 12-minute ride on the out of westside -- outer loop west side. north side delay, harford, back of developing. outer loop traffic going away from us. southbound 95, stop and go traffic south of white marsh towards the 895 split. tony, over to you. >> no rain has moved in just yet. we expect showers later this morning. 40%. take an umbrella even if it is not running at your house right now. 73 in randallstown. forecast for today, we will make it into the upper 80s and 90s this afternoon. with the humidity, it will feel warmer than that. chance for a shower or thunderstorm. to much the same tomorrow and friday. scattered showers and thunderstorms. it will dry out over the
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weekend. dry conditions for saturday and sunday . >> check the bottom of your screen for updated news and traffic information. back in 25 minutes with another live up it.
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8:00 now on a wednesday morning. it's 6th day of july, 2011. kind of a beautiful morning here in the northeast, although there's a caveat. it's going to be a little sticky here in new york later today. temperatures going up into the low 90s, but doesn't seem to bother these nice people on the plaza. we like it warm. i'm matt lauer along with ann curry on the plaza. coming up, more on the emotional response to this verdict in the casey anthony murder trial. >> tlarts.
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we're going to ask why it captivated so many people across america, including and maybe even especially mothers. in fact, we're going to meet some mothers who followed the trial and one even flew to orlando just for the chance to be in the courtroom, matt. all right. also ahead. you may have heard, william and catherine with touring north america. have you heard about this? yeah. they are everywhere. they took a trip to the far northern reaches of canada. even added an unscheduled top to their tour before heading off soon to california. we're going to talk about that and catch up on their itinerary. and also this morning, we're going to catch up with a man who is a janitor who is also a winner of a multi-million dollar lottery. we're going to ask him why he decided to keep his day job as a janitor. >> a lot of people ask that, what would you do? meantime, let's go inside to natalie with the headlines. >> good morning to you again.
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lawyers for former international monetary fund chief dominique strauss-kahn asked new york city prosecutors today to drop all charges against their client. they argue the hotel maid who claimed strauss-kahn sexual assaulted her isn't credible. she in turn is suing the new york post after it claims that she also works as a prostitute. meantime, in paris, a french author filed a criminal complaint tuesday against strauss-kahn, claiming he tried to rape her during a 2003 book interview. a pakistani panel is trying to prevent relatives of osama bin laden from leaving the country without its permission. the commission is investigating the u.s. raid that killed the al qaeda leader and heightened tensions between pakistan and the united states. jury selection begins today in federal court in washington, d.c. in the trial of pitching great roger clemens. he's accused of lying to congress in 2008 saying he never used performance enhancing drugs, including steroids, during his 23-season career.
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a body found in an indianapolis creek is not missing indiana university student lauren spierer who disappeared last month. the county coroner says that while the body has yet to be identified, it is definitely not that of spierer. now here's brian williams with what's coming up tonight on nbc "nightly news." >> coming up tonight, with the shuttle program about to come to an end, guess who these are tough times for? john glenn, first american to orbit the earth. we spent some time with him. some tough talk with him about what this era means. that and more when we see you tonight. now for a look at what's trending today. a quick round-up of what has you talking online. web traffic surged tuesday as the casey anthony verdict was red. 2 million views her minute. meantime, on twitter, kim kardashian is defending her shocked tweet about anthony's acquittal.
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other twitter users shot back at the reality tv star whose father was an toe attorney for o.j. simpson. she says she's allowed to have her own opinion. president obama hosts his first ever twitter town hall meeting today using the media service but not limited to 140 character responses, instead he will giver ball answe verbal ann front of the white house. facebook users are talking about this. a new york pet store says the adorable puppies in their window have proven too tempting for people leaving local bars, prompting booze-fueled purchases that quickly go bad. now they are not allowed to even to touch the pups and are told to come back the next day. let's go back outside to maria for another check of your weather. >> good morning, natalie. our pick city today is the west coast, we head to santa barbara where it is going to be sunshine and we will see temperatures in
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the 80s. showers and thunderstorms across the central plains and also firing later this afternoon across the southeast. a slight risk of the mid >> it is going to be a warm and humid day. as we get through the rest of the drive time, a chance for rain will be going up. we will go into a shower or matt, over to you. >> maria, thank you very much. when we come back, maternal instincts. why so many moms are having such a strong reaction to the verdict in the casey anthony trial. well get to that right after in the casey anthony trial. well get to that right after these messages. erest everythi.
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back now at 8:09 with more on the casey anthony verdict. the case attracted worldwide attention and perhaps no group was impacted more than mothers. many followed along with every detail of the trial. on tuesday some expressed their frustration that so many questions were still unanswered. >> it's a little girl's life. >> my daughter and caylee are the same age. >> i have three children. all that evidence led to that
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girl doing this. i mean, the partying, everything. >> she's guilty. she's absolutely guilty. she's just proven that you can kill your child and get away with it. >> susan sheldon, a mother of three, flew to orlando from michigan to be inside the courtroom on monday. and melissa garcia has a young son and is standing outside the court when the verdict was read. good morning to both of you. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> susan, first of all, what about this case captivated you so much that you were willing to fly to orlando to be inside the courtroom? >> actually i was living in ocala at the time that it took place, and because it was local and it was a 2-year-old little girl that was missing at the time, that really is what drew me in. and as far as more intriguing part of it was that the mother didn't report it right away and
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the question was out there where was she in finding her. >> and, melissa, you have a 4-year-old son. and you were also glued to this trial. would you say that you were as emotional as we just heard from the other mothers were? and why? >> i would say that this case definitely captured a very big piece of my heart because i have a 4-year-old. i couldn't imagine as a mother allowing this to happen and not searching for the truth, not -- i think that we all wanted the truth, and i think at the end we
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still don't have that. >> melissa, in looking at the details, was it because of casey anthony's behavior that really shocked you the most? is that what really captivated you or was it the fact that this child was still missing? >> i think the fact that a mother -- a mother does anything ultimately to save their child, regardless of what happens to you, whether faking an accidental drowning. i mean, at that point, no one is thinking i'm going to go to jail. no one's thinking what's going to happen to me. they're thinking, save my child, please. and i think that's the hardest part of it, is to see that she went on about her life as carefree and -- a mother, a mother doesn't do that. >> thank you so much for joining
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us this morning to give us your thoughts. so why are mothers so obsessed with this case? we got a little indication just now. we've also got lisa belkin, she writes with the "new york times," a blog called mother lode. and harriet cole is a contributor. good morning to you. i think we got some hints there. there was a kind of stunned, kind of reaction to -- that any mother could behave like this. >> it's the any mother. it's the it could be me. it's what would i do? mothers don't do that. i also think there's some of the dark side and the fear. i tweeted this morning, what should i say when i go on the "today" show? and i got many responses that said, it's the dark side. it's what we're all afraid of. so on the one hand you have fierce love for children and women who cannot possibly understand how a mother acts like that. on the other hand, you have the moments of rage in your own life or moments in which you wish you
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hadn't gotten into this. is that that, those emotions gone out of control? >> it sounds like that you're kind of intimating is that we're able to compare ourselves against what we call a bad mother in some way we can feel better about our own mothering. >> it's interesting to me that obviously every mother has had a moment of, oh, my god, i didn't speak properly to my child, maybe i hit my child, you know, in an out of control moment. however, this is such an extreme, i think. we don't know what happened. i think we're outraged at the verdict. but even her behavior, certainly we're outraged by. when you have the blessing of a having a child, you also have the responsibility of caring for that child's life. it is our role to shepherd our children through the world. and she didn't do that. not only did she not do that, she hid something. when a child is gone, as star
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jones said earlier, found in a swamp, if she died in a pool, why don't you honor that little angel's life and say, she died. >> but that, of course, is the main reason that people are so drawn to this is, look at that little girl. so that's number one. we have this -- it just brings out the instinct of every one who has loved a child. look at that child. >> you know, you talk about the dark side. it's just that, i think -- don't you think that some people are really just wondering how it is possible, how is it really even possible for someone to not call the police for 31 days? >> it's the question that comes up any time a parent is accused. >> we don't have an answer to that. >> accused of hurting a child. and this one we have no answer. >> it's a fear of denial. >> denial like that? that is some kind of mental disorder, i think. i don't know -- i'm not one --
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i'm not a doctor. but how can you be in such denial that you had a child, a beautiful little child, and she represents the future, i think, for american. that's why we're so tied to it. that's why mothers, fathers, america is tied to it. here's this sweet little angel. and how could you be in denial? partying and all that is denial. she's still in denial. she got off because of something went wrong in the courtroom, but something went much more wrong in their family, in that home, in that life that if the child died by accident, why didn't they honor that child and say so. >> there was an interesting after the verdict was read, people took to social media and started facebooking and tweeting a lot about it. one very outspoken mother tweeted, let's all remember how much we with cared about this one little girl and try to help all little abused kids, even more now. >> yeah. >> interesting. >> this was the first trial of
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the internet age. o.j. simpson was arguably the first celebrity trial of the television age. this was the first trial where everybody followed it in realtime all the time. and the result is universal grief. >> thank you so much. harriet, thank you so much for being here. and coming up next, we've got peter alexander on a different note talking about his brush with kate on her northern american tour. you gotta try honey bunches of oats with almonds!
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states of america. they arrived in los angeles on friday. i think the pomp and pad pageantry of this tour, they explored the most remote parts of north america seeing them like you rarely think of royalty. they will never fly under the radar but tuesday afternoon they did escape the crowds, taking a float plane deep into canada's wilderness. they might be one of the world's most glamorous couples but the prince and his new bride got back to basics, paddling themselves across the scenic lake, dining off paper plates, and like any other campers, warming up with brand new sweatshirts, a gift from their canadian host. in fact, it was a day filled with many gifts, including moccasins and a hunting knife. their evening activity in a region where the sun never sets called off another memorable day for the future king and queen, who were sent serenaded by aborl
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drummers. william has a show of respect, thanking their host in two aboriginal languages. so excited to be here. >> reporter: here in the northern birth place of hockey, canada's national sport, the duke and dutch chchess of cambr had a welcome. kate was given number one, her husband, number two. she dropped the first ceremonial ball while william put his hockey skills to the test. their reaction, priceless as the prince was shutout by 20-year-old calvin lomand. >> i'm speechless. >> you're still shaking. >> yeah. >> reporter: he wasn't the only one. >> it's very excited. >> reporter: mary lou murphy was in that crowd. she met charles and diana in 1993 and came back tuesday to meet will and kate. >> i feel like a kid. >> reporter: while admirers
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turned out to see the royals in ottawa last week the remote intimate setting here gave these folks a chance to get up close and personal with the newlyweds. >> captain william. >> reporter: including us. >> catherine, are you excited about your first trip to the u.s.? >> ye. >> reporter: and there was one more gift. how do you dazzle a duchess? with diamonds, of course. a harry winston polar bear broach and matching cuff links for the future king. 692 diamonds between them. and who couldn't use diamond polar bear cuff links. when they head down to los angeles, plenty of diamonds on display. matt, there is a black tie hollywood event planned as well as a charity polo match in santa barba barbara. see you soon in california. >> that's right. that polo match is the one that he is cooking at. nbc special correspondent ben fogle covered the first leg of the royal visit.
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glad to have you back. they're having fun. as i look at this video, this is a different image of a royal couple than i'm used to seeing. >> it makes you smile, doesn't it? >> yes. >> everyone has been focusing on this trial and yet you suddenly see those images, they're both enjoying themselves. they're working as a team. that's what i really love. >> it's not just ceremonies, although there have been plenty of ceremonies and speeches but it seems they're making a real attempt to get down on street level, no pun intended to that street hockey game, but the grass root level. >> they're meeting as many people as possible. they had the official ceremonies and functions and slowly moved out. this is a big wild country. william alluded to that in his speech saying that's what canada is about. we've seen her out in a canadian canoe and seeing them down with the people. >> it's interesting because they understand, also, or the palace understands that a few small
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gestures goes a long way. when he gave part of the speech earlier in the trip in french and then attempting two different aboriginal languages in portions of this last speech, first of all, that's frot with peril because when f. you make one wrong move there. >> i'm sure they were practicing. >> it's important to the people of canada. >> of course, it is. i wouldn't be too -- i wouldn't read into it too much. this is genuinely what william is like. he really wants to make an effort. it hasn't been that they've got lots of people. >> it's not calculated. >> they want to make sure they do it right but it's not so calculated. this is genuinely what they're like. for me what's interesting, following them for the first few days, i was out with william and his brother harry in africa last year. they were laughing with one another. you just starting to see william do that with kate. they're working as a team. >> they're laughing together. they're being affect shionate i front of the cameras. they're eating in front of the
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cameras. is that taboo? >> interesting moment. you never feel more photograph and they allowed it. they didn't complain. i think, matt, that's very down to earth couple. >> and on to california. ben fogle, good to have you >> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. good morning. i am mindy basara. here is a check of the commute with sarah caldwell. >> couple accidents to deal with. one at reisterstown road and the beltway. but if a delay on the outer loop. 43 miles per hour there. j.f.x. in great shape this hour. monroe street and gwynns falls parkway, another on i-95 and white marsh.
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everything running smoothly in this area. core ford road, those delays are dissipating. we will switch to a live view of traffic at white marsh, going away from us, sat at traffic in good shape once you get close to the beltway. that is the latest on traffic pulse 11. >> we are starting to see a couple little chores here and there. chance for rain up to 40%. temperatures in the mid-70's and in most locales. 83 downtown. forecast for today, a mixture of clouds and sunshine. high temperatures in the upper 80s and low 90s. it will feel warmer because of the humidity. scattered showers and thunderstorms possible thursday and friday. it should clear up over the weekend. it will be one, but the humidity will go down.
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>> thank you for joining us. another update at 8:55.
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♪ 8:30 now on this wednesday morning, the 6th day of july, 2011. it is a beautiful day here in south manhattan. nice sunny weather. not so bad temperatures. stick around for friday's concert tour series. blake shelton will be stopping by for a life performance.
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watch out for that tree. meantime, outside studio 1a, i'm ann curry alongside matt lauer. itching right now? there's a reason for that because experts say we may be heading into or may already be in one of the worst seasons in decades f s fos formosquitos. we're going to tell you why it's so bad and what you can do about it. there are dangers associated. >> almost going to make you forget about the beg bdbugs we talked about in the went per something else you're going to see a lot of in the summer months, produce. tomatoes, fresh corn on the cob great as well. martha stewart is here this morning. she's going to share some great recipes for tomatoes and corn. >> all right. and then what would you do if you won the lottery? >> quit work? >> we're going to meet a
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millionaire who actually decided to keep his job as a school janitor. that's right. wait until you hear what he's planning to do with his winnings. a lot to get to, but we want to say something. we're very proud of right now. we want to kind of take notice of a major anniversary. we got a guy standing directly across from us named tommy hogan. today marks tommy's 31st year with nbc. great cameraman in the entire business. >> i wasn't keeping track of that. thank you. >> 31 years. by the way, your associate, another fantastic camera person, jimmy corgan, 26 years at nbc today. he liked the idea so much he took off. congratulatio congratulations, pal. >> tommy, thank you. that's the only way this could happen. mwah. we love you. anyway, let's go over to maria la rosa who is in for al this morning doing the weather.
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>> congratulations. and of course, you know, a lot of people enjoying a new york city summer day with the rest of july going to look like? well, it's going to look a lot like june. as far as temperatures go below normal across the northern tier. above that, right, across the south and southwest. as far as precipitation, still the heavy rains, potential, going to plague those areas that don't need it in the northern plains. and dryer in those areas, again, across the south and southwest. scattered showers and storms though today could turn severe from the mid atlantic to the central plains and on into >> it is going to be a warm and humid day. chance for a couple of scattered showers and that of farms, later this morning and into this afternoon. high temperature of around 91.
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you can get your local forecast 24/7 at ann, back to you. >> maria, thank you so much. coming up next, we've got some mouth-watering recipes from none other than martha stewart! but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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back now at 8:36. this morning on martha on today, the season's best tomatoes and corn. summer is in full swing. this is the perfect time for the best farm fresh produce. martha stewart is here with delicious recipes. they are straight from the pages of "martha stewart everyday food." martha, good morning. nice to see you. where are the best ears of corn and tomatoes coming from right now? >> east hampton. >> too early for corn? >> no, there's some early corn coming in right now.
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and new jersey and everywhere, it's like -- and go to the farmer's market. buy organic. >> we're going to make a bread pudding. first of all -- >> not a bread pudding, a bread salad. >> bread salad with tomatoes. when you buy a tomato at the store, nothing worse than a mealy tomato. how do you pick? >> i wait for the homegrown tomatoes, i really do, farm grown. we have cherry tomatoes that are very red and ripe. cucumbers, radish and celery. you can add the other vegetable ingredients. >> all of this? >> all of it. >> okay. that makes it easy. >> capers. red onions we soaked in a little bit of ice water. >> why? >> it gets rid of that really strong taste. and basil. and some dried bread crumbs. >> any variety of bread you like best? >> i like country french. it's very nice. we have some roasted garlic. you can use just very finely chop edgar liped garlic.
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extra virgin olive oil. >> pinch of pepper. >> some salt. that gets poured over. and you then toss. and you have -- it's an amazingly good salad. >> you don't want to pour the salad drizing on too far in advance because it will wilt? >> it's okay with this salad because there's not much to wilt and the bread gets soaked. this is a tomato tart. i love these. this is a yellow tomato tart and a red tomato tart. you can use the prepackaged frozen puff pastry. >> you cut with it a little shaper there. >> whatever size you want to make. it's nice to have one big thick slice of tomato on it. on these rounds, bake it on a 375 oven. you use -- here, make sure you brick the pastry. >> why do you have to do that? >> then it doesn't puff up too much. this is called docking. you dock with a fork. and then you put a little bit of
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cheese, whatever kind you like. i like fontina or even parmesan cheese is delicious on here. >> you get your little olive oil paint brush here. when do you do that? >> right now on top of the tomato. you can do that. you're not doing anything. >> that's okay. what else is new, right? when you come i let you do it. >> olive oil. salt and pepper. put that right in the oven for about 30 minutes. and, boy, does this taste good. >> what temperature would you put that in? >>. 5. preheated. >> come out again like you have just shown. >> yes. >> beautiful. decorate with a fresh basil leaf. this is grilled corn. this should be hot. it's not hot right now because we've been waiting. >> let me take you back a second. you're in the supermarket and i know you don't. you go to farmer's market. let's say you see the ears of corn. do you shuck them? >> a lot of farmers get mad at me. >> i know. >> open one a little bit just to see if it's the corn you want. >> if you don't like it, throw
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it back in the pile. >> why not. don't tell anybody. >> do you like the white corn? >> butter and sugar that's yellow and white and the silver queen, which is this quite cowh. after you grill it, let it cool a little bit and brush it with mayo. >> mayonnaise? >> mayonnaise, can you believe this? it is so good. and roll it in grated parmesan cheese. a little bit of chipotle pepper and serve with it lime. boy, is that good. >> what if for kicking and giggles we wanted to put butter as opposed to mayonnaise. >> sure. but this is like mexican corn. >> all right. >> and then the best other thing to have with grilled salmon or grilled fish is a wonderful sweet corn relish. white corn off the cob, cut it off. cook it first, cut it off with a knife. and then tomato, avocado, some parsley and red onion. and there is a dressing of just
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lemon juice and olive oil. and that is your relish. it is really -- i could eat just this. >> also very simple. and i would imagine that because you are such a fan of fresh tomatoes and corn you brought enough for everyone? >> i did. you can have all that. >> take it back to the house? >> take it back to vacation. >> scarf it down. >> you're going to maine. >> yeah. going up there today. i will take a tomato for the plane. >> okay. thank you. have fun. >> thank you very much. up next, how to deal with one of the worst mosquito seasons in decades. we'll talk about that. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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many experts are saying that this summer could be one of the worst seasons ever for mosquitos. how can we protect our family? we've got missy hendrickson, vice president of public affairs
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at the national pest association. missy, good morning to you. >> good morning. >> why this year? why this year possibly fwg worst in decades in mosquitos? >> it is going to be a bad year. in fact, many people have already started to experience that the hard way. the major culprit here is rain. we've had a lot of rain this season. unfortunately a lot of flooding as well. all of that rain brings stagnate water. it's a wonderful covering point for mosquitos. also, it's a housing crisis is going on. houses are in foreclosure and they're finding a lot of stagnate water. >> excellent point. reminder of the dangers that mosquitos pose? >> not just irritating nuisance pests but may be harmful to the health. we're talking a lot today about mosquitos. they are alive and well here in new york city. in the summertime, insects send half a million people to the hospital every year. mosquitos here, west nile virus
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we think about. it is important to know how to protect ourselves and protect our family. >> let's talk about how we can protect ourselves. there are a lot of products. what should we be looking for? >> the cdc has done a lot of research in working with epa in determining the products most able to keep us safe from mosquitos. we see a variety of different things here. the cdc recommends the gold standard in terms of protecting. also oil of lemon, deet is the main one. use deet for the amount of time you're outside. 40% protection is five hours of coverage. >> does the clothing work? >> they do. these have been pretreated with insect repellant. they can be helpful in prote protecting against mosquitos and ticks as well. >> do fans work? >> they can keep them minimized from the area but won't prevent biting. >> let's talk about how we protect our food, because that is important. >> it is.
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we're outside and doing summer barbecues and a lot of entertaining in the season. as you're getting out your grill, if you keep them covered, covers have a lot of nooks and crannies. it could be a place where that stagnate water can be. good place for mosquitos to be breeding. before you use your grill make sure no inseths have made nests there. particularly stinging insects. look below, underneath. >> you definitely don't want any mosquitos making any mess in what you're going to put on your plate. >> no. >> you want to cover your food. >> as you're outside make sure you're keeping your food protected. all of these things can be opportunities for pests who may want to come and join you. we have an attractive thing here. here we have a nice food cover. it keeps our food safe and attractively presented. >> pretty bowl. >> very nice. >> nice top. >> you can keep -- you can display and use your hospitalibility to make sure that your guests are coming into your home and feeling welcome but you're not welcoming pests. >> any word on this? >> a couple of things here.
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after the segment. a couple of things that you're going to be doing here. you want to make sure as your serving beverages this summer, take caution and use the cans here. insects can fly in here. without realizing it, when you take a sip you can get stung. another thing, when you are disposing of these items make sure to rinse them out because insects are attracted to the sugary substances in here. rather than giving them the perfect opportunity for feeding here, coming near you, you want to make sure you rinse those out. >> let's talk about how to protect our home. one minute left. cover? >> absolutely. it seems to basic. make sure your trash is covered. otherwise it can provide a feeding opportunity. it brings those bets close to you and your family. >> standing water is the problem? >> your kids are outside getting cooled off. using the small pool empty them. bird baths, providing a welcome environment for birds as well. half an inch of water can provide a breeding spot for
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mosquitos. >> to do these candles work? >> citronella candles can minimize the mosquitos in the area. they won't prevent you from being bitten. >> it's not fun to hear the bugs being zapped. >> any holes should be sealed. perfect entry point for stinging insects or mesquiosquito coming your home environment. >> what is that device? >> we take care of all of your different lawn needs. we want to make sure that this time of year in particular your lawn is being well kept. any of the standing grass area is a good place for ticks to come on your family and pets and therefore into your home. >> keeping us safe from insects. thank you so much. and coming up next, would you quit your job if you won a million dollars? we're going to meet a man who didn't, he's a janitor. but first, this is "today" on nbc.
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today's american story with bob dotson comes from seattle, washington. it's about a lottery winner who bought a time share in las vegas but never went. tire ron curie it seems decided the easy street was not the address he wanted. >> reporter: someone has to turn on the lights in life.
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someone has to do the jobs we take for granted. >> good morning. how are you? >> reporter: but you think tyron curry would kiss this trash can good-bye. >> this is what i was doing when i learned that i won the lottery were five years ago the custodian won the washington state lottery. >> i took off running. >> reporter: his wife michelle had his winning ticket, worth -- >> i don't know. it's three or four zeros. too many zeros. >> reporter: $3.4 million. he went bowling to celebrate like he's done every wednesday night for 25 years. >> he hasn't changed at all, in my mind. >> reporter: his bank account may be bigger, but not his life. >> push. push. i'm just joe citizen. >> reporter: he still lives in a tiny house at the end of a co d
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cul-de-sac, with his wife, grandson, and four other family members. >> we're in the middle of bankruptcy. >> reporter: when they won the lottery. that big check bought them out of debt but they spent little else. all you did with your house is put in a heat pump and siding? >> and a driveway. >> reporter: for a car that carries him to work, five years later. some students were worried he might quit. >> i'm going to miss you like crazy. >> reporter: but he's not a guy to give up on a job. during the vietnam war the former navy boilerman shipped out to fight seven times. tyrone, you could be sleeping at 4:00 in the morning. >> you could be doing stuff. that's my philosophy. >> good morning. >> reporter: five generations have grown up around tyrone since he came home from war and started taking care of kids. >> sometimes the lunch at school is probably the only meal they get. >> reporter: most people in this neighborhood don't have a lot of
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money. tyrone always wanted to be a teacher but he became a janitor after budget cuts eliminated his assistant teaching position. that was 35 years ago. he never went looking for another classroom because he found a better one at a second job out back. >> go back one. >> reporter: he coaches the evergreen high school track team. >> there you go. that's much better. >> reporter: here is where tyrone decided to splurge. he's building his team a state-of-the-art track this summer. >> i'm getting excited. it's been a long time. >> reporter: costs him $40,000. >> good morning. >> reporter: so he's buying more lottery tickets. >> i'm not done. >> reporter: the tennis team has 100 students trying to crowd on to four courts. tyrone dreams of building more. doesn't care about the odds. when else in your life have you been that lucky? >> life is lucky. >> reporter: and when it's not,
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tyrone feels it's the janitor's job to fix it. >> thank you. >> reporter: his mother died of a heart attack just before his graduation this spring. >> my family is in shambles, so i'm kind of flaunderring. i don't know what to do. >> reporter: the honors student was just dragging his pen across paper. until his track coach taught him perseverance. >> holding on, dealing with the cards you're dealt with, and just powering through really. >> reporter: tyrone put his arm around you and watched you 100 yards down the track. what did he say? >> he just wanted me to know what he was there and i didn't have to feel alone. >> reporter: his father was not around, so tyrone offered to pay for his college. >> tyrone curry, track coach, janitor, i am never going to forget him. >> reporter: the millionaire who cares more for other people's dreams than he does his own. >> that's what we want to see tomorrow.
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>> reporter: the luckiest man alive. for "today," bob dotson, nbc news, with an american story in seattle, washington. >> wow. what a beautiful story. >> really is. every time you thought tyrone was doing enough, he did more and more. >> quietly. >> yeah. >> not asking for attention. >> american hero. >> thank you for bob dotson for bringing us that store rinchts just ahead, more on the not guilty verdict in this casey anthony murder trial. we're going to break things down with our legal team. savannah guthrie and star jones will join us.
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>> live, local, latebreaking. this is wbal-tv 11 news today in baltimore. >> good morning. i am mindy basara. here is a look at one of our top stories. baltimore city firefighters were injured while trying to rescue residents from a burning apartment building. the fire was reported just before 1:30 this morning in the 28 her block of reisterstown road. one firefighter was treated for non-life-threatening injuries and another was transported to bayview burn center with minor burns. one resident had to be taken to shock trauma. shock trauma. that person's condition is
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my hero! anyone can be a hero with the new captain america cherry coolatta from dunkin'. america runs on dunkin'. >> now let's look at the
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forecast with tony pann. >> let's see scattered showers and thunderstorms develop today. "scattered" bmp cooperative word there. mixture of sunshine and clouds. upper 80s and low 90s. same forecast for the next few days. 40% chance for a shower or thunderstorm. temperatures will drop into the mid-80's by the end of the week. still going to be warm, but the humidity will go down. 91 on sunday. >> we will have another weather update at 9:25.
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